Theo Sowa

Interim CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund

Theo Sowa is currently the Interim CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund.

She is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in international social development with a particular emphasis on women and children’s rights and protection issues.

Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international social justice activists and leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organizations.

Theo is a Board member of various national and international civil society organizations and grant making foundations, including being a Board member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; a Trustee of Comic Relief (a multi-million pound grant making organization) and Chair of its International Grants Committee; a board member of the Graça Machel Trust; a member of the African Advisory Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation; a member of the British Refugee Council’s Leadership Board and a Patron of Evidence for Development. She holds a public appointment as a Board member of the Charity Commission of England and Wales. Theo was awarded a CBE ( Commander of the order of the British enterprise) in 2010.